Do you ever sit in a inoperable slump, waiting for your foul mood to pass, or for something good to happen to change things? I have. And, while in a state of self-pity and emotional compromise, my creativity has been stifled. Yes, nil, zip, zilch…it was in those times when I tended to focus on what I didn’t want, instead of what I did. It was like a steel trap, in the sense that I struggled to escape. Well, at least for those moments. However, I learned that this doesn’t serve me, or anyone , for that matter. Awareness of focus is a prerequisite to changing it. So, there really isn’t anything that can trap us inevitably. That is if we’re willing to face it…head on!
Because creative women tend to be sensitive and empathetic, we are vulnerable to our own emotions and those of others. We somehow seem to absorb the world’s problems without even thinking about it. At least I have, and still do at times. Though this can be hindering and even paralyzing, it is also what makes us the perfect warriors for change. Injustices and traumas affect us at the deepest level, provoking a valiant effort for change…if we can get past our pity parties.
I know if we don’t find a creative outlet when in times of trouble, we suffer…immensely. Writing, journaling, painting, designing, dancing, singing, problem solving, are all creative ways in which we can disengage from problems enough to find some inkling of self-growth. Allowing yourself to find serving outlets to negative emotions is a way to process life, bringing something beautiful to the forefront. It may even help you to find a solid solution to what’s bothering you. It’s OK to allow your creative efforts to go in whatever direction they need to. Well, as long as they are legal, moral, and ethical, that is. If you need to write a dark story about a serial killer and his victims, go for it! I did. Whatever helps you to feel into the situation without causing more despair and apathy is creative therapy. You are in control of your creative journey, even if you can’t control everything that happens in your life or in the world.